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May is England’s Player of the Year

Jonny May has been named England Men's Player of the Year by his international colleagues.

Leicester Tigers wing May topped the voting among members of the England squad and was announced as the winner at the RPA awards event at Twickenham Stadium on Wednesday evening.

“I am extremely honoured to be named the England Men’s Player of the Year,” said May, who also has 12 tries in 18 appearances for Tigers this season and has been nominated by supporters for the club’s Player of the Year award. 

May was shortlisted for the England honour alongside back-rowers Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) and Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) after an international season which included six tries in the Six Nations and a nomination for the Player of the Championship.

He added: “I am not normally motivated by personal awards but to have the support of my England team-mates is a privilege and inspiration. I love playing with these guys, it’s been an enjoyable season with England and I can’t wait to pull on the white shirt again.” 

Former Tigers team-mate Mathew Tait, who retired earlier this season, was the recipient of the RPA’s Special Merit Award.

RPA Award winners:

RPA Players' Player of the Year: Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby)
Sanlam Young Player of the Year: Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
O2 England Women's Player of the Year: Sarah Bern
England Men's Player of the Year in association with Barclays: Jonny May
England Women's 7s Player of the Year in association with Emirates Holidays: Alex Matthews
England Men's 7s Player of the Year in association with Emirates Holidays: Will Muir
RPA Gain Line Award: Jamie Gibson (Northampton Saints)
RPA Special Merit Award in association with PKF Francis Clark: Mathew Tait
RPA Blyth Spirit Award in association with Towergate Insurance: Rob Horne